The demonstrations held against new labour rules by the union of rubber industry workers with the backing of the Mi Hazánk (Our Homeland) party have yielded agreements, István Apáti, an independent lawmaker of the radical nationalist party, said.
The union and Mi Hazánk staged demonstrations mounting partial road blocks at the facilities of foreign-owned rubber companies in Budapest and seven other cities during the day. The party said last week that the protests would be held at the plants of Continental, Michelin and Hankook against low wages, the recently adopted labour code amendment on overtime rules and poor working conditions. Speaking at a press conference, Apáti hailed agreements the union reached with employers at the Nyíregyháza and Veszprém plants on not implementing new rules that raise the upper threshold for annual overtime from 250 to 400 hours. He said Mi Hazánk would continue to support actions of protest in this “reasonable form” in the future.